Travel theme: Distance

England’s northeast coast is one of the most spectacular in the country but remains perennially quiet and largely deserted; long may it remain so.  This is the view across the sands at Embleton to the distant ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which stand like a witch’s teeth on a spellbound horizon.

I know this stretch of coast intimately – just inland is Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club and its fine links course established in 1900.  The day I took this photograph I was not playing and not really regretting it.  The racing waves are testament to a harsh north-easterly, the sort of day when a golf ball adopts a largely independent life (at least when I am holding the club):

Embleton(click on image to enlarge)


  1. Otrazhenie · September 3, 2013

    Wonderful image

  2. gingerfightback · September 3, 2013


  3. Malin H · September 3, 2013

    Oh, love it!

    • northumbrianlight · September 3, 2013

      Many thanks Malin – I might be getting a bit too lyrical with the ‘witch’s teeth’ though 🙂

      • Malin H · September 3, 2013

        I understand that you’re lyrical 🙂

  4. Lignum Draco · September 3, 2013

    Witch’s teeth on a spellbound horizon: You have such a way with words. 🙂

  5. LaVagabonde · September 3, 2013

    “long may it remain so” — Indeed.

    • northumbrianlight · September 3, 2013

      It can be a dangerous place to walk when I am on the golf course so people are best advised to stay away 🙂

  6. safia · September 3, 2013

    Brrr … I can almost feel that wind off the coast – another great shot. I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Blame Meticulous Mick 🙂 and see my latest post for details if you have the time to accept.

    • northumbrianlight · September 4, 2013

      You are right, it was ruddy perishing 😦 Thanks so much for the generous nomination but please don’t be offended if I don’t get round to doing anything, I am hopeless at these things. Have a safe journey home.

  7. labellestudio · September 4, 2013

    is this one of those castles which lie on dry land during the low tide, like the mount Saint Michel in France?

  8. tinasrabbithole · September 4, 2013


    • northumbrianlight · September 4, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you like it – makes the freezing wind worth it 🙂

  9. lavendermoongirlblog · September 6, 2013

    I love your black and white photo, it captures the moodiness of the sea, perfectly.:)

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